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  FIRST QUARTER 2008




Rosas is
watching
    Kansas City carmen who in-
spect trains in the yard can take
comfort in the knowledge that
someone with experience watches
over them.
    That someone is Frank Rosas
who has worked on the railroad
more than 42 years. He started
his career at the Atchison, Topeka
& Santa Fe Railway Sept. 8, 1965,
cleaning boxcars. In 1973, he be-
came a carman and has worked at         Cory Saiz, machinist, left, mentors Brad Davis, apprentice machinist, at Amarillo’s roundhouse.




                                        example
Argentine’s Terminal Tower the
past 10 years.
    A sense of accomplishment
comes from seeing his co-workers
                                                     LEADING BY
go home healthy, Rosas said.
    “I notify them when trains are
passing so they don’t get too close,”
he said.                                     Mentoring is a key safety ingredi-
    Even while performing other         ent for the Amarillo Mechanical team,
duties, Rosas monitors the CAD          which has many new hires.                           education. Cory Saiz, machinist, who
program on his computer, analyz-             Brad Davis, machinist apprentice,              retired from the military and began
ing how trains’ locations will effect   began work Nov. 5 at the roundhouse in              his railroad career as a journeyman in
carmen in the yard.                     Amarillo.                                           October 2005, is one of Davis’ men-
    “When I am working on a train            Davis spent four months learn-                 tors. He teaches service, fueling, sand-
with other inspectors and repair-       ing auto diesel mechanics at Universal              ing, troubleshooting and outbounding,
men, it is nice to be reminded by       Technical Institute in Houston, Texas.              and explains federal inspections. Saiz
Frank about the next train coming       When he learned from Amarillo                       stresses the safe way to complete each
in so we can coordinate our next        Electrician Andy Bailey that training               task and tells Davis not to be timid
move better and more safely,” said      at the railroad is not only free, but also          about asking questions.
Dennis Nelson, car inspector.           paid, Davis changed careers.                             “Everyone here is a mentor,” Saiz
    That is one reason Nelson                Now he depends on seasoned me-                 said, “so if I’m not around, he can ask
recently nominated Rosas for a          chanics, in addition to Electro-Motive              anyone else.”
                 continued on page 2    Diesel classes, to fulfill that promise of                                   continued on page 2
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     Rosas is Watching
     continued from page 1

     Brother’s Keeper award. Other reasons for Rosas
     nomination include his ability to obtain track blocks
     for carmen and respond in emergencies.
          “Should any of us need medical attention in a
     hurry, Frank Rosas is the man to tell,” Nelson said.
     “Frank, I don’t know how many lives you might have
     saved. I do know you keep watch over many people
     daily.”
          Rosas experience will be missed when he retires,
                                                                    Jim Palmar, carman, left, receives a watch from Edward Rhoads, assistant
     but he said there is no need to worry. Although he can         general foreman.
     see retirement on the horizon, he plans to wait until
     his son, Paul, has finished college. Paul, 21, is taking
     management classes at Johnson County Community                 CONGRATULATIONS
     College and dreams of owning a restaurant. Frank                     Congratulations to Jim Palmar, Argentine carman, who re-
     and his wife, Leslie, also have two daughters Katie,            ceived a watch Feb. 11 for his completion of 30 Work Practice
     14, and Christina, 21, who is Paul’s twin.                      Audits.
                                                                          Palmar realized two years ago that he could be eligible for
                                                                     WPA recognition and began to save his WPA cards.
                                                                          He stays safe by communicating with and watching his
                                                                     co-workers and knowing the rules. Palmar said employees should
                                                                     not just do the bare minimum when it comes to safety and adher-
                                                                     ence to the rules, instead they should apply the rules intelligently.
                                                                          “Safety takes some intelligence,” he said. “There is a differ-
                                                                     ence between following the rules and applying them.”
                                                                          Palmar began his career in July 1976 at Havelock Shops in
                                                                     Lincoln, Neb. He transferred to Kansas City in January 2000.
     Frank Rosas keeps an eye on train movement.




     Leading by example
     continued from page 1
          Davis said he likes “hands-on”           said Matt Grim, carman apprentice.
     training.                                          Grim began his career at Amarillo
     “Locomotives are different, they are          in May. He has on-the-job experience
     bigger and more involved than cars,” he       at the RIP track and in the yard as well
     said, “and you have to make sure to stay      as knowledge from classes and comput-
     safe around locomotives because it’s          er-based training in Kansas City.
     pretty dangerous.”                                 Working in Amarillo since March
          Davis, who graduated from Tulia          1994, Kelly Neal, carman, trained many
     High School last year, wants to live the      apprentices including Grim.
     American dream with BNSF. He hopes                 “I keep a watchful eye on them,” he      Keith O’Dell, carman, and Vince Martinez, appren-
     to own his own home and have a family         said, “but they are pretty intelligent and    tice carman, prepare to move a wheel truck.
     soon.                                         catch on quickly.”
of        Amarillo’s carmen who work at the             When Neal works with Grim on             protection is in place.
     RIP track and in the yard, are not strang-    car inspections, he stresses safety pre-           Neal teaches a safe system for ev-
er   ers to mentorship. In fact, they believe      cautions. The train must be locked and        ery job.
     mentorship continues with journeymen.         blue flagged at each end. Working on               “Everything is a system,” he said.
          “Everybody takes care of every-          opposite ends of the train, Neal and          “Once you get the system down, the job
ce   body else whether they’re new or not,”        Grim communicate via radio to ensure          doesn’t change much.”
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Tour greases wheels of communication
Mike O’Brien, relief mechanical supervisor, right; gives a tour to Steve Gomez, training coordinator, left, and his class of new conductors: Nicholas Fancher,
Brandon Ryno, John Habeger, David Hill, Ramone Logan, Jacquelyn Goodnight and Steev Vasquez.

    Ideally, three components of the railroad: track, cars                            During two prior classes, Gomez lectured on cars, but
and locomotives, and timely customer service work to-                             thought a tour of a car facility would better provide con-
gether flawlessly. The respective departments associated                          ductors from-the-source knowledge and promote commu-
with these components, Maintenance of Way, Mechanical                             nication between departments.
and Operating, continually work to meet that ideal.                                   O’Brien shared information that would aid the new
    Steve Gomez, training coordinator, recognizes the                             conductors in their careers. Checking the safety appli-
need for Operating and Mechanical employees to com-                               ances before riding a car can make the difference between
municate. He spent 25 years as a switchman spotting cars                          having or not having the use of your legs, he said. He also
for the Newton car shop.                                                          showed conductors locations of warning placards and test
    “Having a good relationship with the conductors is                            dates on tank cars. Conductors often mark hot wheels and
essential,” said Michael O’Brien, wheel truck supervi-                            bearings, and O’Brien told them never to touch a wheel
sor and relief foreman. “I’ve worked with Steve for a                             without first assuring that it is still.
long time, and those cars are spotted everyday, and all the                           Gomez said the tour was a success and he looks for-
Mechanical people appreciate what they do, so I try to                            ward to repeating it with future classes.
help out Steve as much as I can.”                                                     “That’s what it’s all about out here,” he said, “having
    O’Brien helped Gomez Feb. 26. Complying with                                  a good working relationship among the departments.”
Gomez’s request, he treated a class of seven conductor                                The conductors trainees will be based out of
trainees to a tour of the Newton Car Shop.                                        Newton.



                                                      A new chairman in town
                                                          As David Newkirk, carman, works on the RIP track in Amarillo, he watch-
                                                      es his co-workers.
                                                          In January, he took his protective nature to the next level and became the
                                                      Brotherhood of Railroad Carmen local chairman for Amarillo and Lubbock,
                                                      Texas, and Clovis, N.M.
                                                          “I wanted to help everyone out,” he said.
                                                          Newkirk began welding at age 16. He worked for various companies,
                                                      including Progressive Rail, prior to joining BNSF Dec. 6, 2004.
                                                          Arriving home to his family in good condition each day is important
                                                      to Newkirk. He has two sons, David, 9, Austin, 7, and a daughter, Kaitlin,
  David Newkirk                                       18 months. During his off time off he hunts, fishes and four wheels with his sons.
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During strong winds, Mariano Munoz, carman,
operates his Kabota at a slow speed at the
fueling station in Amarillo, Texas.                              Safety Record not on Ice
                                                                 The Kansas City Car Repair Facility

Safety Moment                                                         Felix Cisneros, Murray Yard mechanical foreman II, commends Kansas City
                                                                 Car Repair Facility carmen for working safely through the winter.
       Snow and ice create hazard-                                    Murray is one of only four locations on the system designated to replace ASF
  ous driving conditions and cold                                Adapter Plus Pads on Trinity-built grain cars. In order to change adapter pads,
  weather takes its toll on Kabotas                              carmen work outside at Kansas City Intermodal Facility. With heavy precipita-
  and other utility vehicles.                                    tion in Kansas City this winter, Cisneros said it was not easy work.
       “The simplest step you can                                     Between Nov. 1 and Feb. 27, Murray carmen changed adapter pads on 19
  take, is to inspect the vehicle before                         trains, with an average of 50 grain cars per train. As of March 8, the 36 Murray
  using it,” said Patrick McClelland,                            carmen were 100 days injury-free. Cisneros interpreted the achievement as a
  Newton, Kan., safety assistant.                                sign that Murray carman are on their way back to the top. After reaching 1,005
  “When it’s cold, these vehicles are                            injury-free days in November, their record was marred by an injury. Cisneros
  running almost 24/7.”                                          said leadmen briefed on the incident for weeks afterward and still talk about it to
       As winter continues, take extra                           maintain focus.
  precautions when operating ve-                                      “They stayed focused, they recovered well and are back to their old ways of
  hicles. Everyone should know the                               staying injury free,” he said. “They’ll watch out for each other and they’ll get up
  day’s weather forecast, especially                             there again.”
	 if inclement weather is expected.
	      Use	the	following	precautions	to	operate	vehicles	
safely	during	winter	conditions:	
                                                                 Trackside in the Panhandle
•	 Wear	 the	 proper	 footwear	 and	 know	 its		                      Without a partner to watch his risks; if thinks he needs help, he calls
	      limitations.                                              back, Shane Allison, carman, must the Amarillo Car Department. He
•	 Inspect	 the	 vehicle	 before	 use.	 	 Complete	 or		         be extra careful. Working out of locks tracks and switches, and displays
	      review	an	inspection	form.		If	a	serious	defect	is		      Lubbock, Texas, Allison covers the his blue flag. Because many Texas
	      found,	tag	the	vehicle,	take	it	out	of	service,	and		     Slaton Subdivision and the south- switches are controlled in Fort Worth
	      report	it	to	your	supervisor.                             ern Plainview Subdivision                        through satellite, Allison calls
•	 Ensure	the	vehicle	is	clean	an	orderly,	both	before		         to Plainview, Texas. He                               dispatchers to notify them of
	      and	 after	 use	 to	 prevent	 tripping	 hazards	 and		
                                                                 has worked alone since                                  where he will be working.
	      other	unsafe	conditions.	
•	 Maintain	 three-point	 contact	 while	 boarding	 or		
                                                                 October.                                                      His precautions have
	      de-boarding	the	vehicle.	                                      Allison’s job is es-                                ensures his safety. Since
•	 Inspect	the	ground	for	slip,	trip	and	fall	hazards		          sential to velocity. When                                joining BNSF in September
	      before	stepping	out	of	the	vehicle.                       trains have a bad car, the                               2004, Allison has never
•	 Wear	a	seat	belt	while	the	vehicle	is	in	motion.              crew sets it out, he fixes it                          been injured. Prior to the
•	 Operate	 the	 vehicle	 at	 a	 speed	 that	 is	 safe	 for		    and the next train picks it up.                      railroad, he worked in con-
                                                                                                    Shane Allison
	      snowy	and	icy	conditions.		Make	turns	at	a	slower		       Most of his work occurs far from                 struction, sheet metal, and heat-
	      speed	to	avoid	spin-outs	and	tip-overs.                   any railroad yard.                           ing and air-conditioning and he has
•	 Stop	at	all	crossings	and	look	for	trains	or	other		               “Since I’m out there alone, I have long known the importance of safety.
	      on-track	equipment	that	may	be	approaching.		Be		
                                                                 to be very careful safety wise,” he              Allison started his railroad career
	      aware	that	distance	perception	is	difficult	when		
	      snow	is	falling.		Trains	and	on-track	equipment		
                                                                 said. “I don’t want to be hurt out in in Clovis, N.M., and came to Lubbock
	      may	be	closer	or	traveling	faster	than	it	appears,		      the middle of nowhere.”                      in April 2006. He is a third genera-
	      Take	the	safe	course.	                                         Staying safe in the middle of no- tion railroader. His grandfather was a
•	 Do	foul	the	track	when	parking.	                              where requires an ability to assess the carman in Clovis and his mother was a
                                                                 situation or job. Allison does not take crew caller in Clovis and Belin, N.M.
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ARGENTINE CELEBRATES SAFETY
     Despite Kansas City’s harsh winter, Argentine carmen
have remained steadfast in their goal to make 2008 an inju-
ry-free year.
     As of Feb. 22, the team had 112 injury-free days.
     “This is a milestone for Argentine Mechanical,” said
Eddie Rhoads, assistant general foreman. “These carmen
are to be commended for working through these harsh win-
ter conditions and staying safe.”
     Management encouraged the team’s success hosting
celebrations for every 50 injury-free days. They feasted on
steak Jan. 3, cooked by management. Mark Grubbs, general
foreman, made a simple request to carman gathered at the
RIP track.
     “I want to enlist all your support,” he said. “I know
nobody comes out here to get hurt. If it takes another 10
seconds to do it safely, then slow down and take the extra 10
seconds. There is no explanation for someone getting hurt
out here.”
     Carmen heeded Grubb’s call to safety and passed an-
other 50 days injury free, for which they were rewarded with                   Mark Grubbs, general foreman, left, and Todd Wolf, safety assistant, cook
a fish fry.                                                                    steaks in honor of Argentine carmen’s safety record


                                                                                                        Thomas stays safe
                                                                                                             Ira Thomas is not keep-
                                                                                                        ing the key to 30 injury-
                                                                                                        free years to himself.
                                                                                                        He shares his safety
                                                                                                        knowledge with new-
                                                                                                        er employees.
Carmen Steven Cromley, left, and Steve Standish     Carmen Dennis Nelson, left, and Manuel Briones
                                                                                                             “I try to pass on
                                                                                                        the knowledge I received
                                                                                                        from the employees before me,”
                                                                                                        Thomas said, “because I will not be
                                                                                                        around always.”
                                                                                                             He also works as a union leader and
                                                                                                        served as vice local chairman for the
                                                                                                        Brotherhood of Railroad Carmen the
                                                                                                        past nine years.
                                                                                                             Starting as carman apprentice at
Carmen Wes Lasley, left; John Osbern, and M.J. Pacheco
                                                                                                        Argentine Yard in Kansas City on
                                                                                                        Aug. 9, 1973, Thomas learned a variety
                                                                                                        of jobs. Now he works as an Argentine
                                                                                                        train yard inspector.
                                                                                                             He said he has remained safe through
                                                                                                        awareness of his surroundings and com-
                                                                                                        munication with his co-workers.
                                                                                                             “I have enjoyed working here,” he
                                                                                                        said. “I met a lot of nice people and
Ira Thomas, carman, left, sits down with Joseph C. Berry, Federal Railroad Administration safety in-    hopefully I will meet more.”
spector; and R.J. Utter, carman.                                                                             Thomas plans to retire in October.
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                                                   ZONE 4 FIELD MECHANICAL




                                                                                             Mario Garcia, left, receives a retirement watch
Amarillo carmen rally behind Robert Luginbill at his retirement party.                       from Felix Cisneros, mechanical foreman II.

Luginbill boards retirement train                                                            GOODBYE
     When Robert Luginbill, Amarillo car inspector, retired Jan. 31, he marked the
passing of multigenerational endeavor that spanned almost a century.
     Luginbill’s grandfather began his railroad career in 1927 during the days of
                                                                                             GARCIA
                                                                                                 Mario Garcia’s parting words
steam locomotives. His father started a generation later, in 1946, and eventually
became a Mechanical district supervisor. Luginbill, the last of his family’s railroad-       to fellow carmen at Argentine Yard
ers, joined the industry in 1972 and worked in Amarillo the duration of his career.          were simple.
     As a boy, Luginbill was taken to terminals by his grandfather, Sleigman, to                 “Do the job and work safe,” he
watch locomotives. His father showed him locomotive motors at a diesel shop in               said. “If I did it, you can do it.”
Barstow, Calif.                                                                                  After 26 injury-free years,
     “I was always around the railroad,” he said. “I liked going to the yards as a kid       Garcia retired in January. He be-
and looking at the locomotives.”                                                             gan his career in January 1969,
     The childhood excitement Luginbill felt at railroad yards led to an enjoyable           as a laborer at Kansas City’s die-
career. He liked working outdoors and had good co-workers.                                   sel shop, but transferred to the Car
     “A lot of good people work here,” he said. “I enjoyed my time working with              Department soon after.
them and I hope they can say the same thing when they retire. It’s been fun.”                    Garcia said he would miss his
     As a parting gift, Luginbill received a wooden locomotive carved and crafted            co-workers but is ready to “take it
by Carmen Michael Hardy and Randy Ralston.                                                   easy.” He will spend time with his
     He joked that his wife’s task list, which includes painting and yard work, might        wife, Lupe; his children, Mario and
be more daunting than his usual work as                                                      Lorena; and his six grandchildren,
a car inspector.                                                                             whom he will babysit often.
     “I think I’m really going to have to
work now,” he said.
     Luginbill, will have some time to
relax when he and his wife, Ollie, visit
                                                                                            Above and Beyond
Yellowstone National Park this summer.                                                           Dave Brant, Newton, Kan., carman
                                              Carmen Mike Hardy and Randy Ralston crafted
They also look forward to a Caribbean this wooden locomotive which they presented to        inspector, earned a Wal-Mart gift card for
cruise next year.                             Robert Luginbill upon his retirement.
                                                                                            making an extra effort during car inspec-
                                                                                            tions. In February, he found a broken rail.
Winning with work practice observations                                                     Rudy Jaramillo Jr., equipment supervisor,
                                                                                            said the find was one of many for Brant.
     Congratulations to Richard Didier, leadman at the                                           Jaramillo presented Brant with the
                                                                               Richard
one spot in Newton, Kan. He won Newton’s drawing                               Didier       gift card and praised his efforts.
for 2007 workplace observations and was awarded a                                                “His awareness and prompt actions
watch in January.                                                                           help eliminate costly
     To be eligible for the drawing, employees must                                         derailments and pos-
complete and submit one Work Practice Observation                                           sible injury to oth-
every month.                                                                                er employees,” he
     Didier said he completes one WPO a week on                                             said. “Great job
average.                                                                                    Dave.”
     “WPOs help keep everyone aware of what they
are doing,” he said.                                                                                  Dave Brant
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                                         ZONE 4 FIELD MECHANICAL




Guillroy Brothers’ Keeper
    Juan Guillroy, Newton, Kan.,                Josh Scott, a co-worker who             one gets hurt.”
carman, was awarded a Brother’s            nominated Guillroy for the Brother’s             Guillroy began his railroad career in
Keeper recognition after stopping an       Keeper award, praised him for his quick      1976 with Missouri Pacific, and joined
explosive gas leak.                        thinking.                                    the Newton Car Department in 1994.
    Guillroy was working on a track             “Juan was quick on his feet and
adjacent to where a carman was weld-       stopped a possible disaster from hap-
ing when heard a loud booming noise.       pening,” he said. “Brother’s Keeper
Looking in the direction of the noise,     is about watching out for your fellow
he observed flames emanating from the      co-workers and keeping them out of
oxygen line. Guillroy reacted quickly      harm’s way. I think Juan’s behavior is
and turned off the oxygen before any       great example of this.”                        Juan Guillroy

further damage occurred.                        Guillroy displays the qualities of a
    I’m sure he would have done the        brother’s keeper through his mentorship
same for me,” Guillroy said.               of new employees. He has worked with
    It was determined later that hot       15 apprentices during the past 15 years.
metal slag from the welding process             “I like teaching younger guys and
had burned through the oxygen line.        getting them started in their careers,” he
The situation shows how incidents can      said. “ I just make sure they do their job
occur when least expected.                 the right way and the safe way, so no




  Railroad educates teacher
       Formerly a high school teacher in southern Texas,            During the summer, Dolsen worked at three minor de-
  Margaret Dolsen now uses her people skills to supervise railments, where she witnessed repairs and became inter-
  Mechanical operations in Kansas City.                                 ested in the Mechanical side of operations.
       Dolsen enjoyed mentoring and seeing her                                      After studying theoretical robots in
  students and athletes achieve. She coached soft-                           school, she views locomotives and cars as real-
  ball, volleyball and soccer. Her class had the                              life robots.
  highest test scores and her athletes never fin-                                   “They look very simple at first, but when
  ished less than second in district competitions.                            you start taking them apart, they’re complicat-
       “I loved motivating my students to work                               ed,” she said.
  hard and my athletes looked up to me,” she said.                           Dolsen joined BNSF with the management
       During her fourth year of teaching, Dolsen de- Margaret Dolsen trainee program in September and said she is here
  cided to work toward a second master’s degree in                      to stay.
  addition to the one she held in curriculum and instruction.       “I was looking for a place where I could grow and I
  Taking night classes and limiting her coaching to one sport found it,” she said.
  allowed her to pursue her master’s in industrial engineer-        But Dolsen did not forget the skills she learned as a
  ing. She finished the degree in conjunction with a summer teacher.
  internship at BNSF’s Engineering Department.                      “Being a teacher refined my people skills,” she said.
       As part of her internship, Dolsen worked on Texas “I was always prone to multitasking but teaching made
  Division’s Maintenance Limits reviewing contracts with me really good at it. Something would always come up
  industries to determine who would pay for track repairs. on game day, so I learned how to channel my energy and
  She also measured trackage on site.                           prioritize tasks.”
       “I was hooked once I got out in the field,” she said. “I     Although learning the ropes at Kansas City keeps
  loved the locomotives and the trains — it was all so much Dolsen busy, she still makes time for sports and plays vol-
  bigger than I thought it would be.”                           leyball two nights a week.

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                                                 ZONE 4 FIELD MECHANICAL




Safety Assistants attend the annual Mechanical Safety Certification meeting.



Morecraft’s story inspires Safety Assistants
     With 15 years of experience work-              ed had he not lost focus, not succumb to                 Occupying/Fouling Track Form.
ing for Exxon Mobil, Charlie Morecraft              complacency and not taken shortcuts.                •    Manager of Industrial Hygiene
knew all of the shortcuts associated                     “You need to take care of your fam-                 Dan McCaskill: Industrial
with his job — and he paid a dear price             ily. That’s why safety is so important,”                 Hygiene.
for taking them.                                    he said. “Safety is all about going home            • Manager of Environmental
     The few Kansas City employees                  at the end of the day, kissing your wife                 Operations Don Girard:
who have taken this year’s Mechanical               and seeing your kids. Every decision                     Environmental Awareness Training.
Safety Certification are impressed                  you make at work effects you and your               • Director of Occupational Safety/
with the video of Morecraft’s speech,               family. BNSF will always be here;                        Environmental Health Lawrence
said Todd Wolf, Kansas City safety                  where will you be?”                                      Fleischer: Mechanical Ergonomics.
assistant.                                               These powerful words set                       • Manager of HazMat Response
     “He’s a good speaker, he gets your             the tone for the 2008 Mechanical                         Brock Lowman: Hazardous
attention and keeps your attention,”                Safety Certification sessions held in                    Materials.
Wolf said.                                          Overland Park, Kan. The video telling               • Wallish: Work Practice Observations.
     Morecraft spent five years in the              Morecraft’s moving story reminded                        Attendees listened attentively to en-
hospital recovering from an on-site                 those in attendance of why they were                hance their understanding of safety and
truck explosion ignited by a chemical               gathered, and instilled a heightened re-            to implement valuable techniques and
leak, an incident he could have pre-                solve within each individual to uphold              impart information during their own
vented. He suffered severe burns that               safety. More than 80 mechanical safe-               training of others.
left terrible scarring, particularly on his         ty assistants from across the system                     The company stance continues to be
forearms, which he noted would have                 received valuable information and ma-               “all injuries are avoidable” and “no in-
been protected by his flame retardant               terials they will use to spread the word            jury is acceptable,” and Safety Director
sleeves had he not rolled them up for               about safety and educate co-workers at              Ron Hennessey reminded those in at-
momentary comfort. Though his physi-                their individual work locations.                    tendance that this applies at all times,
cal scarring was traumatic, the deepest                  After reviewing system-wide safety             even during safety successes. Though
scar was left on his family. Following              statistics and changes within the me-               staying injury free for a substantial pe-
the incident, Morecraft slipped into                chanical safety rules, Safety Manager               riod of time is an exceptional feat, it cer-
depression and alcoholism, leading to               Bill Wallish guided attendees through               tainly should not foster complacency.
divorce and years of counseling for his             the day’s proceedings and introduced                     “You can go injury-free for one year,
two daughters.                                      speakers:                                           but that does not mean you have safety
     Morecraft knows this chain of un-              • Safety Manager Todd Dodgin:                       licked,” Hennessey said. “Safety is on-
fortunate events could have been avoid-                  Mechanical Department                          going. It’s constant; it’s everyday.”

  Zone 4 Field Mechanical appears under direction of the zone superintendent. For news coverage, contact Willa at the newsletter office by phone at
  BNSF 458-7342, 402-475-6397, fax 402-475-6398, mail information to 1845 S. 11th St., Lincoln, NE 68502-2211, or e-mail willa@newslink.com. This
  material is intended to be an overview of the news of the zone. If there are any discrepancies between this newsletter and any collective bargaining
  process, insurance contracts or other official documents, those documents will govern. BNSF continues to maintain and reserves the right, at any
  time, to alter, suspend, discontinue or terminate all plans and programs described in this newsletter. This newsletter is not an employment contract
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